Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Clue in the Trees by Margi Press - NO

Preus, Margi Clue in the Trees (Enchantment Lake #2), 200 pages.  University of Minnesota Press, 2017.  $17.  Language: G (1 swear); Mature Content: G; Violence: PG (murder, other mild violence).
Francie, 17, has already made a name for herself by solving a murder mystery for her aunts.  Now she is back at school and during a trip to a local archaeological dig, she finds herself face to face with another murder.  Everyone seems to think the Francia is the one to solve it - but what if it leads straight to her brother Theo?  Francie knows she shouldn’t ignore it, even if Theo is the murderer, but her heart is torn. 

While several people make a point of calling Francie their own Nancy Drew, it comes off as the author trying to convince the reader that Francie really is a good as Nancy - but she’s not.  The cover would lead you to believe that Francie is some fringe element loner, but she doesn’t really feel like that, either.  If Francie were younger, I might recommend this for elementary, but at 17, she doesn’t work as a high school heroine.

NO.  Cindy, Library Teacher

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